Doctors Warn Of Antibiotic Overuse

Published On: Nov 14 2011 11:45:16 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 17 2011 11:53:22 AM CDT

OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS: Antibiotics can have dangerous side effects when they are overused. Many people take antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses but in actuality antibiotics are not helpful for viruses. Over time, the overuse of antibiotics can make bacteria more resistant and thus, will require higher doses of medicine to treat. Bacteria that used to be highly responsive to antibiotics have become increasingly resistant and harder to treat including; ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis and tuberculosis. Many minor viral infections will improve in a matter of days but it is best to consult with your doctor to determine the correct form of treatment. (SOURCE: www.kidshealth.org)

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES: There are many natural alternatives to antibiotics that a person can take to help battle illnesses. Although you should always consult with your doctor when sick, the following natural remedies may help to treat some common illnesses:

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